Team 4Gosh will be hosting a panel this Friday, April 5th, from 6-7pm at the 2013 Reynolda Film Festival. The event is open to the public and will be held in the new Byrum Auditorium at Wake Forest University. Be there to get a sneak peak of the film! Reception to follow!
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Inspired by true events, 4Gosh (For Josh) tells the story of an eighteen-year-old boy raised by his sick grandmother, who’s left homeless when she passes away. With few resources and no money to get by, Gosh is forced out of his grandmother’s apartment and dropped off at the local homeless shelter with only a garbage bag full of clothes and a used iPod Touch. Gosh struggles to accept his new circumstances, living, eating and sleeping next to older, perpetually homeless men and women who torment and steal from him. Because of this, Gosh feels completely alone. But when he receives a hand-written letter from his estranged father, Carl, Gosh hopes both of their circumstances will change. Gosh visits Carl at the county correctional center, where Gosh learns that Carl’s soon to be paroled. Carl promises Gosh that, once he’s out, the two of them can start over together – as a family. Gosh leaves their visit determined to find a job and save enough money to rent an apartment and make his father’s promise a reality. As Gosh navigates the threatening city streets, trying his best to find a job and make some money, he uses his iPod Touch to search for people, places, and things, meeting friends and making enemies along the way.
4Gosh is a feature film written and created by a group of friends and shot over the span of 25 days. The cast and crew filmed for 15 consecutive days in December 2012 and on weekends throughout the months of January and February 2013. Working on a shoe-string budget, the cast and crew shot across the city of Winston-Salem, NC, including two days at the Randolph County Correctional Center in Asheboro, NC. This film would not be possible without the love and support from our families, friends, and the community of Winston-Salem. We will be adding content to our website this week so stay tuned!
FROM THE DIRECTOR
A year and a half ago, I met a young man who was then 18 years old. He had been living in the local homeless shelter for several months. We became good friends and he asked me to help him write his life story in book form. I was very honored he asked me, but after some thought, I decided it might work better as a film. He thought so, too. I approached my writing partner and together we wrote several drafts of a screenplay, using my friend's real life moments as a basis for the plot. Some of them worked really well, some of them didn't. Instead of writing ourselves into a corner, we took some creative liberties and developed a new central character, while keeping intact the "the heart" of my friend's story. Thus became 4Gosh. Working on a shoe-string budget, we formed a crew of close friends and braved the winter months, filming mostly outdoors for a total of 25 production days. We shot in dozens of public spaces as well as a working homeless shelter. We are indebted to our community and the hundreds of individuals, businesses, and organizations who made 4Gosh possible. Stay tuned!